Any hip hop fans out there?

I’m a bit out of the loop on recent hip-hop trends as I have largely succombed to a rock-oriented live music existence over the past 7-8 years. But when I saw the lineup announcement for the Rock the Bells hip hop festival, I was in awe at just how many big names in hip-hop’s past and present were represented:

Rage Against

the Roots

Jedi Mind Tricks
Immortal Technique

So far, this “world class hip hop platform” (as the main site describes it) is slated for three dates this summer:

Sat 07/28/07 @ Randall’s Island, New York, NY
Sat 08/11/07 @ the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, CA
Sat 08/18/07 @ the Covey Cove Parking Lot in , CA

Also, there are some additional artists that will make appearances at one or more stops:

MF Doom

the Coup
Brother Ali
Mr. Lif
Grouch & Eligh
Hangar 18
Lucky I AM

Some of these names take me way back to my early music-buying days…? EPMD? ? I’d be curious to see what these groups sound like these days. And I’d be remiss not to mention the addition of the reuniting , which adds an interesting dimension to the lineup.

Believe it or not, I grew up on hip-hop. The majority of my first tapes and CDs were hip-hop until I was about 14-15 and started to branch out more into rock (a trend further advanced by my picking up the guitar). I don’t know if I’m quite ready to make the plunge back into the hip-hop world, but something like this might be a cool way to do it.

Anybody been to previous Rock the Bells festivals?

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